Pokuase, Ghana

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Pokuase
Suburban Area
Pokuase is located in Ghana
Pokuase
Pokuase
Coordinates: 5°42′00″N 0°18′07″W / 5.700°N 0.302°W / 5.700; -0.302Coordinates: 5°42′00″N 0°18′07″W / 5.700°N 0.302°W / 5.700; -0.302
Country Ghana
Region Greater Accra Region
District Accra Metropolis District

Pokuase,[1][2][3] also spelled Pokoasi, is a suburb of Accra, the prime city of Ghana and spans the area from Pokuase, leading off the Accra-Kumasi motorway (or the old Nsawam Road) on the right coming from Accra central; and leading off the motorway at Pokuase Junction and rising to ‘Okai Kwei Hill’, on the left coming from town. It is a mixture of lively retail shopping areas, with local stores, bars or 'drinking spots', bus/taxi stations, and a market. It also has 'high-end' developing residential areas,[4] as well as the long-established gated community of ACP Estates.[5] Pokuase Junction is one of the busy bus stops for public transport, including buses (trotros) and shared-taxis, along the Accra-Kumasi motorway.[6] Accra is the 11th-largest metropolitan area in Africa.

The American founded NGO The Women's Trust has its head offices in Pokuase Town,[7] as does the Ghanaian/American NGO Ghana Sustainable Aid Project.[8] The Village of Hope Orphanage and Vocational Training college are also located off Pokuase Junction at Ayawaso.[9]

History[edit]

Okai Kwei Hill leads down to Ayawaso, the traditional homeland of the Ga people, the historical custodians of the land of the capital city of Accra. Okai Kwei Hill was named after the last Ga King to rule that region. Okai Kwei was reputedly an astute statesman, as seen by his relationship with the Europeans and his African neighbours. But he finally fell from power in 1680. Okai Kwei had many wives, courtiers and musicians at his court, and lived an opulent life.

At the Greater Accra Region Homowo Festival in Ayawaso there is still cultural dancing and displays,[10] the regalia of durbars honoring the Ga chiefs, and traditional worship at the Ga sacred shrines around Okai Kwei Hill.

Transport links[edit]

There is a train station on the hill-side at Pokuase Junction, and Pokuase is one of the stops from the line starting at Nsawam and heading into central Accra.[11]

Pokuase is also found at a central point in a multi-sided star of roads leading to different parts of central Accra, and other major towns. From Pokuase you can drive or take local transport:

-To central Accra, along the Accra-Kumasi motorway, passing Achimota and Kwame Nkrumah Circle[12]

-To Kumasi, along the Accra to Kumasi Motorway

-To Mallam,[13] along the under construction Awoshie-Pokuase dual-carriageway,[14] a section of the ECOWAS Highway, and onto Cape Coast. President John Evans Atta Mills[15] cut the sod on 22 March 2012 for work on this road to begin. Once completed, the road will have service lanes, walkways and bicycle lanes. It is funded by the African Development Bank,[16] French Development Agency and Government of Ghana.

-To Madina, East Legon, Legon University, the Airport and Central Accra taking the Kwabenya Kwabenya road, then turning right. Kwabenya Road will become a continuation of the ECOWAS Highway, once the flyover at ACP Junction has been completed.

-To Aburi, also taking the Kwabenya Road and turning left at Kwabenya

-To Lapaz, then to the Tetteh Quashie Interchange, and to Central Accra

The Accra-Kumasi motorway is one of the major arterial roads in Ghana, going from Accra to beyond Kumasi and on to the Northern areas of Ghana, then to Burkina Faso. The stretch of this road from Nsawam to Ofankor, passing Pokuase, is a 4-lane dual carriageway; then from Ofankor to Achimota, it is an 8-lane motorway, with 4 'express' centre lanes, and 4 'local access' lanes. The road from Ofankor also has 9 feet wide pavements for pedestrian shopping.

The completion of this motorway is bringing new housing estates and 'gated community' developments to the area, as well as shopping complexes, which are under construction along the route.

The ECOWAS HIGHWAY[17]

The Ghana section of this major motorway, linking west Africa, is now underway, with the construction of a 200 feet, multi-lane highway passing through Pokuase, along Okai Kwei hill, and across the Accra-Kumasi motorway, on through Kwabenya-Madina-East Legon, and joining Tema.

Surrounding areas[edit]

There are places of historical and cultural interest, telling the personal history of communities in Accra, all around:

-The Reverend John Teye Memorial School, close to Pokuase, is the most established music academy in Ghana, and boast many famous Ghanaians as alumni, including John Quansah,Dj Lalo,Senanu Gbedawu, and Jimmy Quist, presenter at Citi FM.

-St John's Grammar School, at St John's located between Pokuase and Achimota

-Nsawam Medium Security Prison

-Blue Skies fruit farm and juice bar

-Achimota, which is along the motorway going into central Accra. In Achimota there is perhaps the largest completed bus station in Ghana, with transport going to all over the country. Achimota also has a golf club, which was founded by the Scots and English teachers who came to the then 'Gold Coast' in last century to establish and teach in one of the earliest and most prestigious schools in Ghana, ‘Achimota School’. There is also the Forest Reserve and housing a small Zoo.

-The historic town of Nsawam is famous for being the administrative centre of commercial coco production in colonial Ghana. It once hosted the Prince of Wales, on his visit to Ghana, and has many historic buildings (though needing renovation), and the bustling Nsawam market.

- Aburi is yet another town with a colonial history and is the location of 'Aburi Gardens', a beautiful botanical paradise created during the colonial era, with contributions from the Caribbean (particularly Jamaican) missionaries who came to Ghana in the mid-1800s to bring Christianity. In fact, in the Aburi region can be found a number of churches and even wells built by this missionary community, and one area is actually still called ‘Jamaica’! Aburi also has the popular road-side wood carvers market, where you can find many bargains; and Rita Marley lives here, the widow of legend Bob Marley and one of the I-Threes. She has a recording studio and is patron of several community development projects.

-Amasaman is the administrative capital of the Ga South Municipal area of Greater Accra, and one of the districtsdistrict capitals of Ghana. The Ga South district is one of the new districts and municipalities created in 2008 by the then President, John Agyekum John Kufuor, and was inaugurated on 29 February 2008.

-Myeera, found just off Pokuase, is the location of one of the many infamous slave markets in Ghana, where human beings were once sold.

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